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Google go satellite in London

posted by Duncan at 11:04 pm on June 29th, 2005

This is a quick post just to say that Google Maps have started to provide close satellite shots of the UK. So far personally speaking, I can only see my own flat in London, oh and check out the fact the shot was taken when a plane was flying over head. Also, because the shot is taken at a slight angle the actual position of our flat is slighly out on the satellite view. I can’t yet see my mums house down in Dorset, but hey they getting there. Man Google so rule the world right now.

Update: They have also released their API to the public at last. You can get an API key here. The documentation is here.

Semi-Permenant 05 Event

posted by Duncan at 7:21 pm on June 11th, 2005

Semi-Permenant 05I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the Semi-Permanent event held at the Barbican. It was yesterday and today but I couldn’t make yesterday. I only managed to stay until lunch time because of a previous engagement but blimey I enjoyed what I saw. Well I say what I saw, I mean when I saw the guys from Lobo and especially Denis Kamioka aka CISMA. This guy’s work was mind blowing. He played his show reels and work that he had previously done for Diesel when he worked at Lobo. He was an ex Graffiti artists and you could still see that in his work. I highly recommend going to his website and checking out his stuff.

@Media 2005

posted by Duncan at 9:23 pm on June 10th, 2005

Got back from @Media 2005 today. This was a 2 day conference held in a College near Waterloo, London. There were presentations from Jeffery Zeldman, Douglas Bowman, Andy Budd, Molly E. Holzschlag and Jeremy Keith. There were more, of which you can find via the link above.

The first day was not as good as the second; A lot of speaker back slapping and product placement. I couldn’t believe Douglas Bowman spoke about Wired.com. I know it was a very important site when it came out, but it came out 3 years ago and he must have done much cooler and advanced sites since. He made up for it on the second day with his walk through the design and development of Blogger site. Everyone who spoke have their presentations available online which I will link to once I find the URL.

Final point. This conference had all the big names in CSS and Web Standards, and was full of internet geeks and nerds. But the venue had NO internet connection !!

del.icio.us improved with DHTML

posted by Duncan at 10:43 pm on June 6th, 2005

This must have only just happened, but when I posted a link to del.icio.us this evening they have changed the screen I’m greeted with. They have joined the *buzz word alert* DHTML revolution and added the Google Suggest like functionality when you come to add keywords for that entry. I say like as I don’t think they are actually getting the information from the sever but are just looking through the list of tags displayed on the page already and are using that information to decide which tags to suggest you use. This is a feature I have wished for for a while and will make tagging links much easier and more accurate.

It actually looks like a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes at del.icio.us, I will hunt further and post about it if I find anything of use.

Arrested Development Rules

posted by Duncan at 1:32 pm on June 4th, 2005

So many people are missing out on this hilarious show. Arrested Development is the story of a wealthy family, who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It really is a work of genius. I saw the show first on BBC FOUR, and then on BBC 2. I highly advise anyone who hasn’t seen it to buy it now and your life will be better for it.

iCal Dashboard widget updated

posted by Duncan at 9:53 am on June 3rd, 2005

UPDATE: version 2.1.2 available for download. Ok, so my current favorite Dashboard widget so far (apart from the one we’ve been building at work, more about that soon) has to be the iCal events one. I have a memory like a sieve and anything that I can quickly look at and check to see where I should be, and what I should be doing there is great for me. Ben Kazez, the guy who wrote it has recently updated the widget to version 2.02. It now shows upcoming entries from all calendars in the time frame of your choice. Nice work.


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